About 72 million people in the United States age 20 and older have high blood pressure, according to the American Heart Association. That's one in every four adults. High blood pressure is referred to as the "silent killer" because it often has no warning signs.
Many people are surprised to find that they have high blood pressure. But it is a serious condition -- one of the leading causes of stroke and heart disease. If you've been diagnosed with high blood pressure, take it seriously.
By following the steps below and working with your doctor, you CAN lower your high blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease.
- I. Let's Get Started
- Step 1: What is blood pressure?
- Step 2: Take high blood pressure seriously
- Step 3: What causes high blood pressure?
- Step 4: Who gets high blood pressure?
- II. Testing and Screening
- Step 5: High blood pressure is "silent"
- Step 6: Diagnosing high blood pressure
- Step 7: Follow-up office visits
- III. Managing High Blood Pressure
- Step 8: Treatment overview
- Step 9: Maintain healthy habits
- Step 10: Drug therapy
- Step 11: Monitor your blood pressure at home
- Step 12: You and your doctor are a team
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Reviewed By: Steven Kang, MD, Division of Cardiac Pacing and Electrophysiology, East Bay Arrhythmia, Cardiovascular Consultants Medical Group, Oakland, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.